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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is headed by the Australian Information Commissioner, who is supported by the Privacy Commissioner and the Freedom of Information Commissioner.

Australian Information Commissioner — Professor John McMillan AO

John McMillanProf John McMillan AO is the inaugural Australian Information Commissioner. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is responsible for freedom of
information, privacy protection and advice to government on information management policy.

John was formerly the Commonwealth Ombudsman (2003–2010); and the inaugural Integrity Commissioner (Acting) for the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (2007). John is a member of the Administrative Review Council, which advises the Government on administrative law reform; and he chairs the Information Advisory Committee and the Privacy Advisory Committee.

John is an Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University; a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia; a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law; and former President of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law. He is co-author of a leading student text, Control of Government Action (3rd ed). In the 1970s, John was a founding member of the Freedom of Information Campaign Committee, which led the public campaign for enactment of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

Privacy Commissioner — Timothy Pilgrim

Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy PilgrimMr Timothy Pilgrim was appointed as Privacy Commissioner on 19 July 2010 and was first appointed to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner as Deputy Privacy Commissioner in February 1998. Prior to this Timothy held senior management positions in a range of Australian Government agencies, including the Small Business Program within the Australian Taxation Office and the Child Support Agency.

Timothy has made a significant contribution to the field of privacy in Australia. His achievements include involvement in developing the private sector provisions of the Privacy Act 1988, which included widespread consultation with community, business and government organisations. He also played a key role in implementing the private sector provisions, which took effect on 21 December 2001. More recently, Timothy has participated in the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into Australian privacy laws and practice, and continues to work on privacy law reform.

Freedom of Information Commissioner — James Popple

James PoppleDr James Popple was appointed Freedom of Information Commissioner on 1 November 2010.

Before that, James worked for 12 years in the Australian Attorney-General's Department, six years as First Assistant Secretary. Before joining AGD, he was a judge's associate, then Deputy Registrar of the High Court of Australia.

James has degrees in law and arts, and is admitted as a barrister and a solicitor. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Australian National University (in the College of Law and the College of Engineering and Computer Science) where he conducted his doctoral research in artificial intelligence and law.

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